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Blended Master's in Early Childhood and Special Education Online

 Program Code: ME6876


PLEASE NOTE: Applications are NOT currently being accepted for this program (ME6876). If you would like to be notified if and when the next cohort opens, please email Program Coordinator Jen Newton at specialeducation@ohio.edu.

The Patton College of Education offers a Master's Degree in Education with dual licensure in the following areas: Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (ECIS) ages 3-8/prekindergarten-grade 3, respectively. The program meets the Ohio teacher licensure requirements and is available for teachers who already have licensure in one of the following areas: early childhood education, elementary education, special education, or a related field approved by the cohort facilitator. The curricular focus of the dual licensure master's program at Ohio University centers on the development of advanced knowledge, skills, and dispositions that meet the diverse needs of all learners 0-8 years with and without disabilities.

The mission of the Blended Licensure Master's Degree program in Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) is to utilize the most current adult learning principles to increase the quantity and quality of ECE/ECSE teachers, and to improve services and outcomes for children ages birth to 8 and their families. The program faculty will do this by supporting teacher leaders to utilize advanced knowledge, skills, and dispositions to

(a) identify delays and disabilities early
(b) implement reflective and responsive interventions that are child-centered and aligned with research and theory to young children with and without disabilities birth to 8 years, and
(c) enhance teacher candidates' capacities to support children's families in interacting positively and responsively to their children.

Our teacher candidates are prepared to implement respectful and culturally responsive services and supports to children from diverse backgrounds (e.g., socioeconomic, racial, linguistic, learning needs) across a variety of settings (i.e., home, school, and community). This program is aligned with the following professional standards: Council for Exceptional Children, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Division for Early Childhood Recommended Practices, Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession, Ohio Leadership Advisory Council, and Ohio Improvement Program.

Program Expectations

This program is an asynchronous online program, meaning that candidates are not required to access the course sessions and materials at a specific time of the week. However, faculty in the program put forth extensive time and effort into developing the course materials and it is expected that candidates engage with course content to maximize their learning through the program. This includes reading course materials, reviewing narrated PowerPoint lectures, watching videos, participating in engagement activities, and completing course assignments.

Tuition and Fees

Please check out the Bursar's website for the latest information.

Admission Requirements

All admissions information and applications are completed online at the Graduate College website. All applications will be reviewed holistically, however, prospective master's candidates must submit:

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or equivalent.
  • Have an undergraduate overall GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 grade scale.
  • Have a valid teaching license number (or anticipated date of submitting for one)
  • Two satisfactory recommendations from faculty and/or professionals who know you as a student or employee.
  • A statement of personal/professional reasons for seeking this degree (writing sample)

In addition to maintaining a 3.0 GPA and earning no less than a C in any course in the program, the following standards have also been established as retention and graduation requirements for the program.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications are NOT currently being accepted for this program (ME6876). If you would like to be notified if and when the next cohort opens, please email Program Coordinator Dr. Jen Newton at specialeducation@ohio.edu.



Jen Newton
Program Coordinator
Patton Hall 309

*Please note: This program requires 2 practicum experiences of 60 field hours each. These experiences will need to be with 2 different age groups (0-3, 3-5, or 5-8) and 2 different settings (school, community, or home).